Advice: How to Make Somebody Pregnant

Did that catch your eye? This post isn’t about the mechanics of intercourse or reproduction–this is the Internet, after all, and there are other sources to learn about that. This is also not about intercourse in role-playing games, because talking about that would inevitably lead to a discussion of F.A.T.A.L.–the game that serves as a…

Ritual-Driven Adventures: The Rites of the Druids

When Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition introduced the concept of ritual magic, I thought, “Cool!” When I actually played around with it, I thought, “Cool concept, but it needs some work.” What if… rituals were long, drawn-out feats of magic that could produce effects that rivaled magic items? rituals were so long, and required so…

Steal This Idea: Broken Squares

I’ve been through more team-building classes and leadership development seminars than I really care to count. While I’ve taken some valuable things from them, I’ve never really stopped to think how the lessons I’ve taken away might be applied to my gaming life. This changed recently when I was describing an exercise from one of…

Dr. Strangegame (or How I Learned to Stop GMing and Abuse my Players with Dice)

Rolling dice is fun, there is no doubt about that. At our gaming table, I’m “that guy” with a dice-bag made of the bottom half of a pair of cutoff jeans from when I was in 5th grade.  It contains over 1 pound of dice, including a thirty- and hundred-sider. I remember with glee both…